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Some personal rewards

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One of the areas that I was weak in when I joined Spark the first time around in August 2008 was rewarding myself for accomplishments. As most women and moms do, I tend to put others first and put my needs on the backburner. So, when I recommitted this January, I decided this would only work if I start putting myself first. Some days it's easier to do than others.

I've been working on rewarding myself each day. Usually it's just setting time aside to read, knit, or watch my favorite t.v. program. I could also use a pedicure, so I'll probably rotate that into the options in the next couple days.

On my SparkPage, which really needs some fine-tuning, I haven't really been tracking rewards for reaching goals I've set for myself. Because I spent 14 years as a social worker writing treatment plans for other people, I never took the time to come up with goals, objectives, & rewards for myself.

Since I've lost 7 pounds, I've passed my first 5 pound milestone. In recognition of that, I got my hair cut on Tuesday. Today, on the way home from class, I pulled in to the Walgreen's and decided to peruse the hair color selections. My hair has been almost every color possible, with the exception of platinum blonde. I found a nice shade of Medium Ash Brown, picked up some vitamins for my son & I, and made my way home.

After lunch, I colored my hair. I'm pretty happy with the results, though, I may throw in some caramel-colored highlights. Not sure yet.

I've also been remiss in taking before pictures. I know I've lost 7 pounds and some inches already, but I'm heavier than I had been when I began Spark 1 1/2 years ago. For a number of years, when I was in my early teens, I had done some modeling. I was usually pretty comfortable in front of the camera. As I got older, and larger, I spent more time behind the camera instead. When I'm in pictures with other people, I try to position myself so that I can only be seen from the neck up, or block my body in some way. It's time to stop hiding and give myself a basis of comparison as I make progress on this journey. Maybe my pedicure can be a reward.
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  • SUNSHINE667
    First emoticon on your 7 pound weight loss and second, emoticon for rewarding yourself! I am a firm believer in that. When we do a good job at work we get a raise, ink pen, or something...when we do well on a paper at school we can an A or B, so why not reward YOURSELF for all of your hard work and dedication on adpating a healthy lifestyle...

    I am happy for you... Keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    oh btw, can't wait to see the pics of your hair!
    3850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2010 9:57:18 PM
  • USARUNNERGIRL
    Woohoo congrats first on your weight loss and second on treating yourself and your hair. Love me a new hair cut and color. Can't wait to see it.
    3850 days ago
  • ABKWELL
    Such a good idea to reward yourself periodically. I'll have to think about doing that too! emoticon
    3851 days ago
  • JENNYMC7
    Good work on the weight loss. I like the idea of small rewards on your progress in 5 lb increments. Go, Go go.
    3851 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6372002
    Congrats on your 7 pound loss! emoticon
    3851 days ago
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